Rocketship Education began its origins in Silicon Valley more than 10 years ago. Since its inception it has become a nationally chartered network success. Its foundation is based on a blended learning model using laptops, personalized learning software, small group instruction, adaptive online learning, and teacher-inspired instructions.
John Danner was a Silicon Valley internet advertising entrepreneur, who with co-founder Preston Smith, who was a former elementary school principal has now established Rocketship educational institutions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Nashville, Tennessee, Milwaukee and Washington, D.C. The large student population consists of low-income and Hispanic children who have outperformed state-sponsored students on their test scores.
The elementary students are called ‘Rocketeers,” whose parents also work with the school in a partnership to better their children’s educational experience. The Rocketship school/parent model designates parent leaders to become lifelong advocates for the children and their community. Rocketship parents are volunteers who hosts home visits, help to organize field trips or meetings with elected officials, and are volunteers in the classroom.
Rocketship Education believes in challenging the thought processes of underprivileged children noting that they are being prepared for a success path for middle school, high school, college and beyond. Rocketeers are introduced to computer labs, online math exercises, pen-and-paper assessments, wordand math pattern sounding pictures, and language arts classes are taught and displayed in classrooms and hallways. Rocketship educators say that science and social studies are also embedded into learning periods.
Rocketship Education funding proponents have included the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Obama administration, former tennis star Andre Agassi’s real estate fund and many other supporters. Rocketship uses an innovative learning approach that promises and has delivered a successful curriculum model through intensive online work. This archetype has helped disadvantaged children catch up quickly, and gain equality with their state-sponsored peers. Rocketship intends to close the national “achievement gap” and bridge a community gap by taking in the children of gang members whose enrollment has increased.
SWball August 16, 2017
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